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Guinea authorities blast fake election results

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September 30, 2013 10:26 AM EST | AP


CONAKRY, Guinea — Authorities in Guinea have warned against the dissemination of unofficial results as the West African nation counts votes from its first legislative election in more than a decade.

Supporters of both the opposition and ruling parties took to the streets of Conakry Sunday night celebrating victory even though partial official results are not expected until late Monday. Witnesses in the Conakry section of Wanindara said security forces dispersed demonstrators using tear gas.

Mass text messages were also distributed declaring winners for individual races.

Alassane Conde, minister for territorial administration, warned in a statement late Sunday that anyone "sowing confusion" by broadcasting fake results would "face the rigor of the law."

Saturday's long-delayed and hotly contested vote was preceded by several violent protests over how it would be conducted.